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Doctors

We strongly advise all students to register with a local doctor (GP) or Medical Practice while they are at Liverpool Hope. Students can register with the GP on campus during the first week of term, but if you miss this opportunity, please do not leave it until you are ill to try to register, as getting an appointment at busy times can prove difficult. Please call in to see Student Development & Well-being on the first floor of the Gateway Building to collect registration forms.

Details of other local GPs are available from Student Development and Well-being or by searching on the NHS website under Services Near You.

In case of emergency

Call Security on 3520 (Hope Park) or 3700 (Creative Campus) who will alert the Emergency Services.

For none urgent medical queries or out of hours service, contact NHS 111 (free from any phone).

Walk in Centres

For more information on finding your nearest walk in centre, please visit the NHS website.

Dentists

We recommend that students make regular appointments with a dentist because treatments required to save teeth affected by pain are often lengthy and more expensive than more conventional treatments. If treatment is delayed the dentist may not be able to save the tooth. Having regular check-ups ensures your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible and help to minimise the need for treatment.

To find out more about which dentists are treating NHS patients call 0800 073 1106. Details about dentists close to where you are living along with their opening times can be found on www.nhs.uk.

Before you arrive at University, make sure you are vaccinate against Meningitis. You will need to visit your GP to get this.

There is a national Meningitis vaccination programme for 18-25 year olds and all first-time university students (up to the age of 25) will be offered the Men ACWY vaccine as part of this NHS vaccination programme. The Men ACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.

If you haven’t been vaccinated recently, or if you are unsure, it is important that you contact your GP to arrange vaccination. This is especially important if you plan to reside in university halls of residence or other communal/shared accommodation. However, vaccination is important for all students who will be under 25 years of age at the start of the academic year.

The Men ACWY vaccine is given by a single small injection into the upper arm. As the vaccine takes a while before it becomes fully effective, to ensure you are fully protected, it is important to make sure that you receive the vaccination at least two weeks before starting at university.

Why do students need the Meningitis ACWY vaccination?

Although certain strains of Meningitis are rare, cases of meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by Meningitis bacteria are rising. When cases do occur the effects can be very serious and sometimes fatal. As a student, you are more at risk of getting meningitis after starting university because you will be mixing closely with lots of new people, some of whom may unknowingly be carrying the Meningitis bacteria.

For more information about the Men ACWY vaccine and the importance of protecting yourself against Meningitis whilst at university, please visit the NHS website.